Minister points finger at Rudd
writer : LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO
Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd is seen as part of Fiji’s problem and not part of the solution of Fiji’s return to parliamentary democracy.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday hit out at Mr Rudd’s continuous outbursts against the Fiji Government, in particular his statement after the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting in London last week.
Speaking from London, Ratu Inoke said Mr Rudd’s choice of the words “no measurable change whatsoever” in relation to Fiji’s return to parliamentary democracy, were revealing in their absence from the Commonwealth Secretariat’s statement.
He said Fiji saw this as further indication that Mr Rudd was prejudiced in his views about Fiji, and that he was part of the problem, not part of the solution.
“By once again denigrating the real progress being made in Fiji towards the planned constitutional changes of 2012-13, and the General Elections of 2014, Mr Rudd has once again demonstrated his government’s intent to undermine the Fiji reforms agenda,” Ratu Inoke said.
“Fiji can only conclude, that given his clear prejudice against Fiji’s declared roadmap, that there is little hope for real re-engagement between the governments of Australia and Fiji while Mr Rudd remains in office.”
Ratu Inoke said many countries had sent heads of government, ministers and high-level envoys to Fiji to learn about our Strategic Framework for Change.
He said the majority of them had left Fiji with statements of support and encouragement for Fiji’s Roadmap.
The Roadmap sets out the steps that will be taken between now and the General Elections in 2014 when, for the first time in the island nation’s history, Fijians will go to the polls without regard to race and ethnicity.
Ratu Inoke pointed out that he had accompanied Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, to his meeting last month with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia, the leader of the world’s third largest democracy.
President Yudhoyono expressed his hope that Fiji would be able to successfully manage her transition through a homegrown process that would be sustainable.
“The Indonesian President had remarked that democracy was a process, not an event, and certainly not something to be created through external dictates,” he said.
Ratu Inoke reported that the Fiji Government was receiving assistance from the Indonesian Electoral Commission and that voter registration would get underway later this year.
May 06, 2011
Kubuabola sings for his supper
True to form when the s*** hits the fan, all expendables start singing for their supper to prove their worth.
Kubuabola is one of those most adept at this process.